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Alex Ovechkin excited to carry torch

Updated: September 28, 2013, 6:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- Alex Ovechkin said he is thrilled to kick off Russia's Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi -- a mammoth effort covering the country's nine time zones that will include a trip to outer space.

"I'm going to be probably smiling all the time and I'm going to remember this stuff for all of my life," the NHL star said late Saturday after arriving in Ancient Olympia for Sunday's flame lighting ceremony.

The 28-year-old Washington Capitals winger ...

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